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Solar Cookers for Xiangsha and Lamu Tibetan Villagers

Author: Puhua Dangzhi, Richard Harlan, and Kevin Stuart
Keywords: solar cookers; solar cookers for Tibetan villages in China; solar energy; enviornmental protection
Language: English
Collection: opensource


A donation of 10,489.30 RMB, combined with a local contribution of 5,900RMB allowed for the purchase of 118 solar cookers that are now benefiting 600 Tibetans. Mr. Dbangphyug is 72 years old and his wife is 78. He has three sons and used to live with his youngest son, a middle school teacher. This son abandoned his parents, his wife, and two sons, to marry another woman. Now, fuel is huge problem for Mr. Dbangphyug and his wife. In fall, his wife collects leaves that they use for making fire and sometimes villagers contribute some fuel for them. Thus their life is full of worry and unhappiness. But now that they have a solar cooker and he said, âIt is like our soul. It is very useful tool, but I could never afford to buy one. I sometimes went to the neighbor with a kettle to boil water, but it was hard because of my aching legs and back. At present, we are doing most of the cooking on the solar cooker, which has reduced our worries about fuel. I can do my chanting and my wife doesnât have to collect leaves. I am very grateful to the donor.â Mrs. Tshe ring mtsho is 62 years old. There are six people in her family--her husband, her son, her daughter-in-law, her two grandchildren, and her. Her grandchildren are students, and the others are farmers. She said, âThe solar cooker is very useful or us. Because of them, my daughter-in-law doesnât have to fetch as much wood where she is at risk of been caught by forest-keepers who are increasingly strict. Now I donât have to ask my granddaughter to collect yak dung when she comes home from school. I can adjust the solar cooker easily which is very convenient. I donât have to worry about hot water to drink while the younger ones are out working in the field. They can work in the field all day without worrying about me and my husband having hot water to drink.â Her husband added, âEveryone searches for convenience and the solar cooker provides it, but it is not like buying a tractor or other machine since it doesnât need fuel. Once you have one, you get the benefit without additional cost. Since deforestation was getting more and more serious, women were starting to cut plants and dig roots close to the village, damaging our surroundings. The solar cooker project has helped improve our environment.â

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